Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Basha makes a quality shwarma


As moeman pointed out in the comments yesterday, the NHL has gone after the nice people at Basha for displaying a poster of a man cutting delicious shwarma meat while wearing a Habs jersey. The NHL's cadre of legal professionals demanded that the owner of the Basha at Ste Catherine and Drummond (a fine establishment, eaten there many times) pay $89,000 ($1000 for each day the poster was up) for being a Habs fan.

You'd think this was all some sort of horrible April Fool's joke, but it's the middle of May. The NHL seems intent on, uh, fucking over the little guy? The owner of that fine Basha establishment even covered up the CH on the jersey after receiving a warning, but that wasn't enough for BettmanCo. The lawyers decided that the "Go Habs Go" on the poster was also intellectual property and continued apace. Because if there is one thing intellectual property law was designed to protect, it's delicious seasoned meats wrapped in a pita bread. Or as part of a plate with potatoes, rice, salad, garlic sauce or hummus, and pita on the side for only $7.95. That's a great deal, if a little starchy.

Now, I'm not an intellectual property lawyer but... oh wait, I am an intellectual property lawyer. Hmmm. Fuck Basha and their unlicensed use of registered trademarks! We must protect the intellectual property of our poor starving sports leagues and franchises! One small business owner is just the beginning. You there, with the Habs flags flying from your Hyundai Accent, did you buy those at some souvenir shop downtown? That shit is unlicensed! Pay up for FFS. You, the cute blonde who wants to paint a CH on your cheek before you go to the game you paid $175 to see? Sorry, that's gonna cost you! We never authorized that face painting, and you might show up on TV giving millions of viewers the impression we did. All you people chanting "Go Habs Go" in the streets after a big playoff win - you think we're letting you off the hook? $1000 for each day you chant. We never authorized any of that.

There's only one solution, obvs. Chant or print "Go You Fucking Habs Go" instead. That shit ain't trademarked. Yet.

p.s. Tweet this bitCHes - Bs tie it (meh), (Y)Emelin! 4 realz this year, Boivin on francophones. #stillwaitingforthesun

23 comments:

GoldenGirl11 said...

I think Gomez should pay the fine. Just seems fair.

Chester said...

Shirley this is a joke.
89k for a poster/picture ...
makes me wonder what my Shrine would cost me.

bea.habs.fan said...

fucking unbelievable.
doesn't make any sense given that a lot of people on many cities do exactly the same.

the NHL is a joke.

it would be interesting toknow who the douchebag is that reported this to the "officials" to begin with.

Hadulf said...

Guys, I puked my breakfast when I read the article yesterday. I puked again this morning...

NHL is up to no good I tell ya...

On a lighter note, is that it "(Y)Emelin"...that's the FHF official (trademarked, BTW) alias for Not Vodkov?

Steve said...

Go you fucking Habs Go, or Go players being paid to play for a team located in Montreal, and are also inhabitants of nearby domiciles.

Oh Fuck Tyler Penguin is going to torture us for years, fucking leafs.

I would just like to see once more in my lifetime a headline " Montreal signs enormous offence threat, a fucking stud who does not need no stinkin system to win games."

Geez Montreal has a tiny talent pool of francophone management, then why the FUCKING FUCITY FUCK did they not put some insurance into keeping Bouchard around, why are they not giving Patrick Roy a blank cheque today. Why are they not giving Carbo another shot in Hamilton fuck fuck fuck stupid fucks.

Steve said...

One brilliant blogger is calling for the elimination of the blueline offside to defeat the trap.

soperman said...

Butthead is probably planning on opening a donair shop (sorry Maritimers can't say "shwarma") across the street and this fellow is unfairly cutting into the profits of Butthead's Donairs.

Go Fuck Yourself Butthead.

P.S. I like GG11's idea - Gomez should be spending a whole lot of his cash around Montréal.

Le Douze said...

@Steve - on Boucher and Boivin's comments about francophones - right on, man. Clearly Boucher was a man on the move last year, congrats to the Habs for grooming him, too bad they couldn't keep him. While I agree with the gist of Boivin's comments, it would have been more convincing if he could have said, "We busted our asses trying to keep Guy Boucher in the [name redacted for fear of lawsuits] organization, but unfortunately we couldn't offer him the job he coveted until next year, because we have an unbreakable deal with a Transylvanian Count until then. We've sent him some help, and we look forward to cheering him on in the finals."

eclaireur said...

This calls for Amici Curiae, or more properly AmiCHi CHuriae. Get the papers please. The collective can disect them. Does the NHL even have standing to protect Le Club de Hockey Canadien, which predates the league?

Bettman at his worst, right up there with the little NHL dickey on a lace up jersey.

Steve said...

@eclaireur, the dicky NHL crest, I have been meaning to rant about that every time I see a profile shot or picture. I would never buy a sweater with that or I would cut it out first thing. I hate they print it on the official t shirts as well.

Anonymous said...

Basha has the very best tabbouleh in town. They're an institution...

Steve said...

If you go to Newstalk1010.com
they are going to talk about the fucking lawyers in a few minutes.

Like would they do this in Phoenix?

Steve said...

Breaking news on our new Yeti, he wants to be called Yemilin, see him in action here, and its fucking impressive.

Boob Gainey said...

Out of solidarity I am having a Basha's shish taouk platter for dinner tonight. With extra spicy mayo.

(I might even splurge and get the shwarma / shish taouk combo.)

Fucking American lawyers.

Steve said...

Fuck Buttman cheer for the Nuck and the Bolts.

moeman said...

I could eat a great Shish Taouk every day.

moeman said...

Hump Day HooCH;

http://gatherandnest.com/?p=6538

iRiRi said...

Mmmm, shish taouk. *drools*

Moey said...

Sometimes when I don't feel like cooking I go to the one in Kirkland for take-out. He also has Go Habs Go on his wall and the TV was always on RDS. Maybe I should warn him. This is the most petty ridiculous thing ever.

Number31 said...

Y'all want petty? Junior leagues have gone after fan bloggers (usually the season ticket holder types) of their teams for posting game pictures on their blogs to decorate their game recaps. It's all a collective doucheyness.

Reason why I keep a low profile. It's the internets. And you're not the boss of me!

Mr. natural said...

will definitely go and eat there this weekend in a show of support.

The NHL is becoming so "Mickey Mouse" (aw shit, I'll probably get PHucked in the ass by Disney now...) that it is interfering with my enjoyment of all things hockey.

I am, dear friends, getting older and the Americanization everything is getting away from my ability to understand....it's NOT reality TV, it's semi scripted bullshit, their political process makes ours look like early Greece, Segal as a cop, TMZ, Trump, Palin, Newt!!!

Time to travel and get to where people understand life (but still lose their shit over soccer) France, Italy...Europe.

Oh wait It's 12:06 and I'm actually quite drunk, probably a slew of tyops but PHuck it.

Shit I hope I do not see a Broonz Vs. 'Nucks final...

Ok outta here.

That is all.

Mr. n

Anonymous said...

I hope you tit fans were watching the Canucks game

3rd period penalty - no greenmen but a nice couple of replacements

Anonymous said...

@anon 1:11 finally cbc redemption? yay live public television

and no bob Cole

wv: lytle. um..NOT. piercing: discuss